The Arkive: Ark and Dove's Newsletter
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Message from Pastor Tim
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

After prayer and prayerful discussion the Session recently voted to add the Black Lives Matter banner to our Dismantle Racism banner on Piney Orchard Parkway. Thank you to Paula and David Sparks, Jan Hof and Mike Davie and Autumn Vernon for coordinating the actual physical act of attaching the banner out front, and thank you to our Anitracism Team, our Mission Ministry, our Session and you the congregation for your commitments to working for a just world. As Jesus says in the Gospel of Mark (4:21) and Matthew (5:15)  Do not hide your light under a Bushel Basket; let it shine! (My paraphrase.)

Because the world is not always fair or just, at the recommendation of several of our internet savvy leaders, I have changed my e-mail to As you may be aware, there are certain elements out there in the world who employ phishing scams aimed at churches. It has happened more than several times to Ark and Dove. They employ an email similar to one of the pastors, parish associates, elders or deacons and ask you for money. Specifically they want you to transfer money or buy a gift card and give them the numbers on the back of the gift card. They won't be able to use a fake e-mail that ends in because we control it. BUT even if we are hacked, REMEMBER, all our appeals for stewardship support are very public asks. We don't send you an individual email and ask you to buy gift cards and then give us the money. We have EFT, TEXT, USPS and Paypal options, and we are always ready to answer questions at your pace; not stuck in an important meeting or at a hospital, needing money this very minute, as scammers claim. 

If ever you have doubts about a request for financial support, call an elder or a minister, or call the church office. We do so much appreciate your support of Ark and Dove. We always want you to feel safe and calm about your generosity. 

In Christ,

PS. Picked the first tomato yesterday! Summer has arrived.
Verse and Prayer
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

- Matthew 11:28-30
Your presence Lord,
is sometimes peaceful and happy
because it is expected, welcomed, adored.
There is also this bitter and tenacious presence
by which you pursue me
when I will not give myself to you.

I have fled from you, Lord,
and yet I have not been at peace for one instant
during all these weeks: Your gaze has been
constantly fixed on me, Your sad gaze.
O grant me, Lord, to know You now
In Your power and Your joy!

by Michel Bouttier from Prayers for My Village
The prelude this week is a jaunty arrangement of 'Come, Christians Join to Sing' by Becki Slagle Mayo, composer and pianist at Carriage Lane Presbyterian in Peachtree, GA. I'm looking forward to music plans this summer. If you would like to offer a recorded solo, prelude or postlude, let me know. It's a wonderful way to contribute to worship in this new format.

Director of Music
This weekend, being a holiday, I decided to give the band a much earned break. Everyone has been working very hard and getting used to the recording process very well. This week Adell Gaurin and I will be sharing our version of 'Blessings' by Laura Story. It's a very sweet song with a very important message during these times in our world. I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July weekend. Stay healthy, safe and happy.

God bless,
Director of Contemporary Music
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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
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Antiracism and Social Equity
YTD Expected Unpledged
Actual Unpledged Income
YTD Expected Pledged Income
YTD Actual Pledged Income
When We Wear Masks,
We Clothe Ourselves in Love
Outreach and Connections
Sunday Fellowship!
You're invited to "Sunday Fellowship" Zoom meeting after our Sunday worship live-stream! It will begin at approximately 11:15 am. Since we cannot meet in person yet, and we miss our Sunday morning snack and chat time, we thought we'd see if this could be a sort of virtual substitute! Sorry, you'll have to supply your own coffee and snacks. ;) If you'd like to log onto the Zoom session for this fellowship opportunity, please contact before 11:15 am this Sunday morning. He will send you a link to join in.
Fresh Air and a Good Workout

Ready for summer? We are! To make the playground area ready for children we have wood chip mulch that needs to be shoveled from the parking lot to the playground. 

Need some lighter work? The flower beds, to include around several bushes, are in need of weeding. 

Please sign up below and annotate your available day/time, so I can coordinate for social distancing.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Autumn Vernon,
Christian Education
July 13-August 14, 2020 This summer, Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church is holding a virtual Summer Bible Club. Registration is open to kindergarten through 8th grade students (2019/2020 school year). We are adapting the Vacation Bible School Curriculum "On Earth, As in Heaven", for five weeks of Summer Bible Club fun. The program invites us to (re)-experience the Lord's Prayer and to see the connections between prayer and service in the world. Register today at . Questions? Want to get involved? Please contact Christina Nelson, christinajoy87(at) or Linda Lewis, lclewis022(at)
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School for elementary aged children will continue using the Holy Moly program from 9am to 9:30am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in teaching or being the second adult on zoom, please contact Julie Devers at 
Healing Through Grief
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Pastor Tim, Deacon Cathy Debus and I will be co-facilitating the next Healing Through Grief group on Tuesday, July 14, 7pm again as a Zoom meeting. The Healing Through Grief small group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, whether it is recent or a long time ago. While quarantining during COVID-19, many have found grieving for lost loved ones, even from years ago, a difficult thing to bear.
Let me know if you have the slightest inclination to attend on July 14, so that we can send you the link to the Zoom meeting. If you change your mind later, no problem. Also, let me know if you have not used Zoom before, so that we can provide you with some information in advance. Any questions, please contact Pastor Tim Stern at or 410-674-6400 or Linnie Girdner at or 410-999-7892. Let's be there for one another in this new way of healing through grief. If you need to talk with someone prior to that date, feel free to give me a call or contact your Deacon.
Ark and Dove Church is supporting a new initiative: The Youth Rising Coalition
You can help by filling out the pledge form found on their website ! Cheryl Schafer, Mission Elder,
Streaming Services Fund
Livestream Equipment, Subscription and Services Fees
The streaming services fund connects us during our most trying times through livestream and Zoom. Worship services and programs can now be viewed through livestream and Zoom when in person participation is not possible. Thank you for contributing to this crucial fund that strengthens our church home and our whole community. Please donate online or text an amount followed by stream to 410-983-3481.
Antiracism and Social Equity
First Thursday Film Discussion
I recently attended a panel discussion regarding the movie “Just Mercy.” The discussion was the first in a series of film discussions being sponsored and facilitated by the leadership of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project. The discussion was engaging and challenging to some of my understandings. 
If you haven’t seen “Just Mercy,” it is a good introduction to difficult anti-racism work. The movie tells the story of Bryan Stevenson’s work as the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. The work of EJI is geared toward equal representation of death row inmates who may have been wrongly convicted of felony crimes. Walter McMillian, played by Jamie Foxx, is the inmate that the movie follows to the end.
At the end of the movie, Bryan Stevenson spoke these words at the US Senate hearing on the Death Penalty. “…Through this work, I’ve learned that each of us is more than the worst thing that we’ve ever done. That the opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice. That the character of our nation isn’t reflected in how we treat the rich and the privileged, but how we treat the poor, the disfavored and condemned. Our system has taken more away from this innocent man than it has the power to give back. But I believe if each of us can follow his lead, we can change this world for the better. If we can look at ourselves closely, and honestly, I believe we will see that we all need justice. We all need mercy. And perhaps, we all need some measure of unmerited grace. Thank you.”
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project will be offering First Thursday film discussions each month. On July 2, will be the film “Rigged, The Voter Suppression Playbook.” From their website: “The cause and course of racial justice in our nation is intimately bound to the outcome of the 2020 election. It’s therefore incumbent upon all of us to understand the grave and imminent threat that voter suppression poses to “free and fair elections” and what we, as citizens, can do to protect the vote and our democracy.” Watch the film “Rigged” on your own time and then register for the discussion at

The film is available on Amazon, either free on Prime or just $2.99 to rent. For more info about the film see  here . Hope you'll join us for the discussion.  
Lori Kronser
Ark and Dove Antiracism and Social Equity Team
Tea at Three
Friendly Seniors
Thursdays at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Tim ( to receive an invitation.
Codenames Over Zoom!
If you are looking for some fun on Saturday night, join the Deacons to play Codenames over Zoom! Codenames is like a board game that is very easy to play virtually--it's not a video game. Get an invitation to the Zoom meeting from Get the game at There is no sign up, download, or registration. You will need to tile your screens, to be able to see Zoom and the game at the same time. It is best to play on a computer, for size. Saturdays at 8 PM.
Prayer Requests
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

PRAYERS OF HEALING AND SUPPORT for Linda Jordan; Stone and Donna Ashwood; John Mikeska; Sean Futch; John Rolewicz; Adell Gaurin; Shelley Franklin's father; Hollis Butterworth’s daughter, Rachel Mershont and brother-in-law, Brian Smith; Joan and Merlin Berry; Mike Davie’s brother, Steve Davie; Amanda Wehage’s mother, sister and father, Dave; Bruce and Debbie Arey and their daughter, Allison; Debbie Arey’s aunt, Linda Rose; Ben Rollins’ sister, Caroline; Zach Murray’s father, Kelly Murray; Becky Marcus; Fred Barrow; Carlton Jackson; Sabonna Keeney’s mother; Pattie Plander; Richard and Edie Budd; Daryl Sensenig; Amy Grimm’s sister and grandparents and Amy’s father; Laurie and Fred Barrow’s niece, Hope Simeone, nephew, Samuel, and Fred’s aunt, Lee; Bernabe Solano; Griselda Solano's sister, Irma; Kathy Miller’s sisters, Patty and Beth; Diane Johnson’s cousin, Richard; Dotty Kaufman, her son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Carol, and granddaughter, Sarah; Ellen Makar’s uncle, Carl Erickson; Laura Doughty’s brother-in-law, Carl Hahn; Bob Johns; Cindy Knott’s mother, Madeline; Debbie Saylor’s two friends and her uncle, Wayne; Laura Willoughby's father, Norman and Laura’s friend; Bill Ruble’s mother, Mary Jane Weathers; Stan Houck and Ann Hirschy; Christina Nelson’s grandmother, Pat Dole; Chip Burnett; Kelly Burnett’s nephew, Justin; Dot Forloines and Dot’s friend, Mary Hiett; Dorene Chen’s family; Lewis Shorter and niece, Jennifer Schwandt-Gayle; Patriceo Green’s brother and sister; Jennifer and Shawn Ralston’s niece; Archer and Honor Bauman’s grandfather, Larry; Kennon Bauman's colleague Clint; the Tardiff family; Brian Boudreau’s cousin, Valery Householder; Kameron and Kamarii Miller; Cheryl Walcutt’s mother, nephew, and sisters, Judy Walsh, Lori Henninger and Lori Johnson; Ylonda Fauntleroy's aunt, Bernice Taylor; Brooks Emrick and her sister, Susan; Vaughn Brown; Frances Keyes; Julia Kirby's mother, Margaret Floyd, cousin, Judy, niece Amy Heiny, and friend Barb Cleland; Erika Sealing's son, Trip, and grandmother, Margaret Schade; Amy Benson's family and Amy’s friend, Brian Shriner; Lou Kareha’s friends, Thomas and Judy Kochis, Nellie Eboli, and Jim Zaranosky; Margaret McGillivray's friend, Kim Nolet; Michelle Schoonmaker's Auntie Bernice and friends Amaris Wallace, Caitlin Flowers, Liam Flowers, Lexie Kier Charbal, Eloise Kier Charbal; Linnie Girdner and Jan Hof’s friends, Grace Ligon and Skip Dorrell; Tracy Churchill’s friend, Tammy; Jerri Webb’s friend, Chuck Mabry; Kim Young's friend, Joyce Miller; the Yeagers’ older neighbors and Rob Yeager’s friend, Karen Schell; Connie Kinnick’s friend, Robbie Heverling; Amy Hagemann’s friend, Gayle Medford; Mo Gaba; Iyabode Adenirani; Pat Devers colleague, Jeff; and Doug Mattingly’s mother.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING from the Brecheen, Johns and Dilling families on the wedding of Laura Brecheen and Leo Dilling.

PRAYERS OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND PROTECTION for all hospital staff, patients, clinics, grocers, essential workers and hourly workers around the world, who are working bravely and arduously to protect our loved ones and our communities. Including: Becca Distad; Jack Burnett; Caitlyn Bussey; Emily Sanders; Audrey Miller; Linda Jordan’s nephew, Russell; Diane Johnson’s grandson; the Ralston’s family members and friends; Simone Stiegler’s friend, Jean Marie; Mike Stiegler; Amy Grimm’s mother; Jeff Grimm; Amy Goldberg’s brother, Joseph Alexander, and parents, Michael and Maryann Cooper; Judy Cooper’s daughter; John Mikeska’s son, Jonathan; and Hollis Butterworth’s sister-in-law, Cyndie.
THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF THE CONGREGATION go out to the families of those who are battling COVID-19: Dot Forloines' friend, Monique Nelson; Laura Willoughby’s friend, James Carberry; Cliff and Wendy Wellington’s neighbor’s daughter, Lisa; and Deborah Dingle’s daughter’s fiancé, Sergio.
If you have prayer concerns or blessings that you would like to share, please contact Deacon Patriceo Green at and he will add your concern to the prayer partners email chain.
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